NAIROBI, Kenya, March 25 – The vision of living an everyday hotel lifestyle has led a developer, Mohammed Dahir, to come up with an apartment complex that will offer Kenyan residents the opportunity to live a luxurious life in their own home.

Located in Parklands, 3408 Belva Apartments sits on half an acre and has a combined 69 units including three-bedroom, five-bedroom and a five-bedroom duplex.

Being named 3408 Belva is no coincidence, every word/number has an interesting meaning. First of all, the name Belva is a Latin meaning for beautiful.

Figure 3 shows the typologies of three-bedroom, five-bedroom, and five-bedroom duplex house units.

The 4 in 3408 signifies the four different views residents can enjoy while living in the apartments; Karura forest, hanging garden, cascading waterfall and city skyline.

Zero, on the other end, means the elimination of energy waste – a key aspect of the apartment which will embrace maximum natural light and solar energy in all shared spaces of the apartment.

Finally, number 8 stands for all social facilities provided in 3408 apartments and they include; reception and concierge services, solar-powered swimming pool, spa, daycare, espresso lounge, meeting room, interior garden and games room

In an interview with Capital FM BusinessDahir said that the current project will focus on adopting the green concept which will be represented by the use of photovoltaic solar panels and vertical gardens extending over almost twenty floors.

Mohammed Dahir during an interview with Capital FM Business

“We wanted to do something unique in the market, as much as I want a good life, I want my buyers to feel it. We had to design an apartment with a hotel concept, all the facilities and amenities that you will find in the apartment; The vision started with me making a unit for myself and developed into the concept of a beautiful house with unique good views, which made me go for this idea, he said.

Due to its location, the project, whose construction began in March 2021, targets family-oriented individuals who can opt for small, medium and large houses according to their needs.

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Additionally, he noted that its design ensures full maximization of natural light, which will help residents minimize energy waste.

“Our project is unique, we are a green building, we maximize natural lighting. Our facade design allows us to provide our guests with a hotel lifestyle, all the hotel amenities you find in hotels, you can use them in everyday life,” he said. .

People willing to buy the apartments will pay between 24 and 37 million, with the three bedrooms being smaller, medium and large for 24, 26 and 28 million respectively.

A five-bedroom unit will sell for 33 million and the five-bedroom duplex will sell for 37 million.

Under its payment plan, buyers can pay 50% and pay the remaining balance paid within two years.

He expressed confidence that when completed in December 2023, it will set a good pace for the adoption of green projects in the country.

So far, the project has an occupancy rate of 40%, Dahir said, noting that buyers are split between young families of people over 35 and older people.

Mohammed Dahir inspecting the construction of 3408 Belva

Despite the progress made in construction, Mohammed lamented that the sector is struggling with rising steel prices, aggravated by the war between Ukraine and Russia, which is the source of most products. .

“Currently we are struggling with steel, prices have gone up by 115%, the ones we bought at 500, we are buying at 1100. It has become expensive because of Ukraine-Russia, many people can’t afford it,” he said.

Furthermore, he denounced the insufficiency of cement in the country which is affecting the construction works.

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“The exchange rate is also another factor, the dollar has gone up, we started at 109 and now we are almost at 114, inflation has increased rapidly,” he added.

As part of the company’s future prospects, Belva Apartments are looking to build a similar project in Peponi and Spring Valley.